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FroKnowsPhoto: Go Above And Beyond Auto
You are more Than AUTO
You are smarter than your camera, so why let it make all the decisions for you? Your camera’s Auto feature may give you okay results, but who is happy with just okay?
This guide will show you how easy it is to break free of Auto and unlock your potential to capture AMAZING images. You will be surprised at how easy it is to take full control of your camera and create captivating photos in any situation.
Features in The FroKnowsPhoto Beginners Guide Include...
- Three Hours of never before seen VIDEO content that showcases real-world shooting environments
- The opportunity to join Jared on four professional-level photo shoots as his virtual assistant
- Discover how easy it is to "freeze" motion in your photos
- Finally get out of Auto and unlock the power of your DSLR
- Covers many topics from Jared’s FroKnowsPhoto Beginner Boot Camp, at a fraction of the cost and with no travel!
- Learn how to “blow out” the background to give your images pop
- 20+ minutes of AMAZING bonus video that includes a five year plan for growth as a photographer, including some tips on making money with your work
- Learn how to take your composition to the next level
See the World
There is nothing more important than “seeing the world” that is around you. I want to explain how you can train your mind and eyes to see the images that are around us at all time.
Basics of Your Camera
No matter the make or model of your camera I am going to show you the basics of the buttons so you have a better understand. I explain everything around the dial from what the auto mode to A-S-M-P
Glass, Glass, Glass, Glass, Glass!!! Did you know there is a
difference between a good piece of glass and a basic piece of glass. I want to explain right up front how important using quality lenses is. Remember that quality glass does not always mean expensive.
Do you know what makes one image stand out as a WOW and some others as a Pass, composition. Understanding the basics of composition is going to allow you to capture images that make people go WOW. I hammer home the fundamentals of composition by using real world examples to allow you to visually understand each one.
Why I Avoid Cropping
You may hear people say that they “crop” their images often.
I personally do not crop and pass along that mentality to you. When you crop you are taking away important data that could leave you with an image with less quality.
Your Camera's Shooting Modes
Let’s take a look at what the different modes of your camera mean. On your cameras dial you will see a A or AV which stands for Aperture Priority. This means you set the Aperture and the camera will set the proper shutter speed S or TV stands for Shutter Priority.
This means that you set the shutter speed and the camera will set the aperture. The mode I will have you learning is the M mode or Manual. This gives you full control of your settings
How Shutter Speed Affects Motion
Did you know that if you have a slow shutter speed there is a better chance your subject will have motion blur? A faster shutter speed generally allows you to freeze motion but you have to keep in mind that any changes you make will effect the exposure triangle.
How Shutter Speed Affects Exposure
Your shutter not only helps you capture motion it controls the amount of light that enters your camera. This is where under and over exposing an image comes into play. The faster the shutter speed the less light you will let in. The slow the shutter speed the longer the shutter is open, the more light you will let in.
Your ISO controls how sensitive to light your image sensor is. For example the brighter a situation is the lower your ISO may be. You raise your ISO in darker situations to make your image sensor more sensitive to light. There are different things that happen as you raise your ISO so you will want to be careful.
Do you want to “blow out” your background meaning do you want to have your subject completely sharp and your background blurry?
Well this is just one of many things that your aperture controls.
Depth of Field
When you are trying to get either a little or a lot in focus you have to think about your depth of field. I will show you exactly how to make this work with even the most basic lenses.
How Focal Length Effects Depth of Field
Getting closer or further away from your subject will effect how much of the background is either in focus or out. This means even with your basic kit lens you can make the background go blurry by following the steps I discuss in this section.
Variable Aperture Lenses
Lets take a look at what the difference between a fix aperture vs variable aperture lens. A variable aperture lens means that as you zoom in or out your aperture is going to change. In a fixed aperture lens as you zoom the aperture is going to stay the same no matter what.
Understanding Your Camera's Light Meter
Have you seen those lines in your camera that usually have a + and - next to them? Have you seen the little needle move to the left and right depending on how much light there is? Well I am going to help you fully understand how you can control your light meter, read your light meter and get the results you are looking for.
Focus Modes Explained
Did you know that your camera has different focus modes, not just auto and manual? Depending on your camera there are different modes for shooting action, still lives, portraits and much much more. This is a section you wont want to miss.
The Exposure Triangle
The most important aspect to understanding and mastering photography is the exposure triangle. What I teach you in this section is “cause and effect”. If I change this setting this will also happen. I paint it in such a way that you will see and understand everything in no time.
Kid at Playground
Have you ever heard someone tell you that you can only get good pictures with the most expensive camera and lenses? Well I will prove to you that you can capture amazing moments with the most basic of starter gear. I used a camera on this photo shoot that is an entry level camera that is no longer even made. I combined that with a variable aperture lens and came away with amazing results. If I can do this with the most basic of gear, so can you.
Skateboarding Action and Portraits
How many of you out there want to capture great action shots, whether its your child playing a sport or performing on stage? In this real world photo shoot you will see different ways you can tell a story from capturing action shots to portraits. I show you how images can be found not just in faces or action but also in hands, feet, shoes and boards.
Low light photography takes skill and I will show you the roadmap to capturing killer indoor photos. Follow me as I photograph a dancer with some very interesting moves. If you can capture action images in low light, you will be able to capture them anywhere.
Parking Lot Portrait
Follow me as I have to turn a boring parking lot into my photo studio. You may hear parking lot and think how will I capture great images? Well using the different rules of composition and different focal lengths I show you how I captured amazing images. You will learn that you can shoot portraits almost anywhere by using the lessons learned in this video guide.
I've Also Included This BONUS VIDEO...
The Five Year Photography Plan
Everybody's Gotta Start Somewhere
With FroKnowsPhoto: Go Above and Beyond Auto, pro photographer and FroKnowsPhoto.com creator Jared Polin gives you a fun and informative approach to learning photography, from assembling your camera to understanding terminology, with great motivational tips about different ways of seeing and capturing your world along the way.
Whether you’ve just picked up your first DSLR or you’ve been using one for a while, you’ll walk away from this guide with a richer appreciation for what you can do with your camera and the confidence to capture incredible, dynamic photos.
The best part is that this isn’t only classroom learning – instead of just listening to Jared talk about photography, you’ll see him capture actual examples that show the cause and effect of each change on the same image and watch real world photo shoots play out with these lessons in mind. By the end, you will not only get out of Auto and unlock the power of your camera, you’ll unlock your ability to capture great images.
Your lesson begins with a rundown of the basics of your camera and the principles of photography. Jared explains the major parts and functions of any DSLR in clear, concise detail, with helpful suggestions for always being ready to capture that important moment.
Once you have a strong understanding of your camera, you’ll decipher the key terms of photography, like composition, aperture, ISO and shutter speed, providing you with an even greater comprehension of how images actually get captured.
Next, you’ll learn how to push past the basic functions provided by your camera’s Auto mode to take your photography to the next level. You’ll be using your DSLR’s light meter and understanding the importance of good lenses in no time. If you’ve ever yearned to take that perfect shot with a great subject in focus and a beautiful, blown out background, you’ll be an expert at it faster than you can imagine.
Jared wraps it all together in an exciting presentation that explains the exposure triangle, when all of the fundamentals you’ve learned throughout the guide relate to each other and combine to capture the perfect shot, without the assistance of Auto.
Finally, you’ll take this new understanding of photography and watch it all play out in the real world, as you join Jared on four photo shoots that highlight unique settings and different shooting styles – portraits, movements, action shots and even capturing kids at play. This unparalleled access will give you the feel of an on-location shoot, complete with the mistakes and solutions inherent to any experience.
Who Is This Guide For?
Are you or someone you know just getting started with photography? Are you thinking of making the transition from a point-and-shoot camera to your first DSLR? Do you currently have a DSLR, but you’re not happy with the results? Do you find yourself stuck in Auto? If so, then this guide is a great solution to help you understand the fundamentals of photography and unlock the power of your camera and your own talents, giving you the confidence you need to capture great images.
This Guide Is For Anyone Who...
- Has trouble taking images in sharp focus
- Is confused by different metering modes
- Would like a better understanding of composition
- Learns by real-world examples
- Wants to take images that “wow” their friends and family
Who Is Jared Polin?
Jared Polin is an accomplished photographer whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine and countless other international publications. He has recently pointed his talents to the business world and established himself as an entrepreneur with incredible vision and impressive results.
In 2010, Jared launched FroKnowsPhoto.com, a fun and informative website for photographers that provides guidance in the art, process, equipment and experience of capturing moments in photos. Jared’s unique style and media savvy helped him grow the site’s audience The popularity of his “I Shoot Raw” brand of merchandise has catapulted Jared and FroKnowsPhoto to worldwide recognition, creating a legion of fans and photographers of all skill levels who flock to the site for education and assistance.
In addition to being a renowned photographer and online superstar, Jared is a trusted advisor and consultant to brands and companies looking to expand their online visibility. A recognizable personality at social media business and photo conferences around the United States, Jared is a sought-after speaker and a leading expert on photography and the use of content development and marketing.
Real User Reviews
"did exactly what it advertised..."
The beginner guide did exactly what it advertised. It got me out of auto. It taught me aperture, iso and shutter speed and what they all mean. I can't thank you enough.
- Matthew Turner
"I learned so much from watching..."
I purchased the guide already knowing most of the basics but I still learned so much from watching the video. Jared has a great style of teaching and look forward to future videos.
- David Spector
"I know my camera now..."
I came away from The Beginner's Guide with a firm understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and their relationship. I know my camera now and what to expect before I even take the shot. I haven't used anything but
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- Leodard Row
"watched the guide approximately 10 times and get something out of it each time..."
The FroKnowsPhoto Beginner Guide was a great purchase. This was a tool I used to really learn the fundamentals of photography in a way that was interesting and entertaining. Jared adds the right levels of fun to keep it interesting time and time again. I have watched the guide approximately 10 times and get something out of it each time that I missed in previous viewings. It is well worth the price for such a great video for teaching the beginner how to really use the equipment they are using, and getting them the basics they need for composition, and understanding of the light. Thanks.
- Jim Fowler
"great purchase, very informative..."
The FroKnows photo beginner guide was a great purchase, very informative and well done. Gave this to my mother and it is helping her out tremendously with her photography...Great job and keep up the awesome work..
- Kevin Sheppard
"is a great way to learn..."
The Beginner guide is a great way to learn about the basics of photography and gave me not only motivation to shoot , but to see the world and capture its dynamic beauty with my camera.
- Paul Best
Great guide! I purchased it for my dad to use. Why not me? Well, while I can certainly say your tips have helped me a ton (in and out of the guide), my dad will always listen to someone else before me!
- Sierra Prine
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As a beginner photographer, who never went to school or had much training, I was looking for a nice tutorial on how to take my photos to the next level. The Fro Knows Photos Beginner guide was just what I was looking for.
- Erik Hoffman